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New Carnage for New Century



March 12, 2007 – Comments (2)


Original article is here.



Wow, there's just not much left to say for New Century Financial (NYSE: NEW). This morning, it snuck out a little 8-K that confirmed what many of us had suspected since late last week. Here's the juiciest tidbit hidden (not unlike last week) toward the bottom of the release.


"As of March 9, 2007, all of the Company's lenders under its short-term repurchase agreements and aggregation credit facilities had discontinued their financing with the Company or had notified the Company of their intent to do so."


In other words, it looks like ain't no one givin' 'em any money no more. Not Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS). Not Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). Not Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS). Not Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS).


That's a major problem because, last I checked, swapping money from one group to another was how New Century made ends meet. Now that Wall Street has lost its appetite for funding the U.S. sub-prime fantasyland, it has not only clamped down on New Century, but it's demanding a few do-overs. Unfortunately, New Century can't afford to buy back all those notes gone bad, according to this final tidbit, "The Company and its subsidiaries do not have sufficient liquidity to satisfy their outstanding repurchase obligations under the Company's existing financing arrangements." (That was hidden even lower in the press release. Note to self: Read all future New Century press releases backwards.)


Will there be anything left for the carrion birds that do get a seat at this carcass?


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At the time of publication, Seth Jayson had no positions in any company mentioned here. View his stock holdings and Fool profile here. Fool rules are here.


2 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 13, 2007 at 12:23 AM, degaston (< 20) wrote:

You made a note to yourself, "Read all future New Century press releases backwards."

 In reality you're not going to have to remember to do this very often because New Century won't be putting out very many more press releases in the future.

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#2) On March 14, 2007 at 2:44 AM, Parsad (< 20) wrote:


I had asked you a few weeks ago, when are you going to write a story on New Century?  You didn't provide any reason.

Perhaps, one of the biggest stories in the last year, with NEW being the primary culprit precipitating the current subprime panic, and you were completely absent from the subject.

It's interesting that you've chosen to finally write something on New Century, shortly after David Einhorn has resigned from the company.

Sanjeev Parsad 

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